With 12 days to go to my walk around Tassie, this will be my last entry on this page - what a crazy year - so much different to what I had planned and I I certainly did not want to be sitting here injured and house bound, but that is where I am. It seems that despite getting most if not all of my traditional injuries and concerns under control - a problem was lurking with my orthotics, which in hindsight could possibly be avoided altogether, but I did have some weakness in my right knee and some shin issues - so I went in for a review of my orthotics.
That first review took place on the 5th of June, nearly 5 months ago and although some things got better, some things got worse. My right leg was corrected and regained full strength, but then issues started occuring in my left leg / left knee area - then more visits to the podiatrist and they adjusted the left orthotic, the right one having been adjusted earlier - then it was suggested that of the three new shoes I had purchased, one pair was totally wrong for my foot type, so I should just go home, ice and rest for a few days and all will be well ... oh and never wear one of the pairs of shoes again.
That went okay for a couple of days and then I started to get back to my normal work and training routine and things got worse in my left knee, on the inner side near the medial ligament, so after 5 visits in the last 5 months I'm not really where I want to be given my plans to walk for 64 days and over 1,000 km - but I still think things will be okay.
This month (October) also is the anniversary of 1 year of some kind of bowel / stomach irritation that neither I nor my consultants has got to the bottom of. My diet is probably even better than it was (to some extent) and I exist largely on rice and vegetables, with the odd bit of chocolate and usually plenty of fruit, but have avoided the fruit for the last week or so to see if that makes a difference. Things are better and more consistent, but not only am I a crazy environmentalist, I'm also a meat free, dairy free, wheat free ..... where will this all end???
I set out in 2018 to do some things - I always like this bit where I do a bit of a count to see what has happened. Given that I'm injured now, this lists below will not be added to, so here is the wrap up. I did want a year free from physiotherapy, my last visit was on May the 14th, so still have some way to go, but I would have liked to avoid all medical contact, but that was not to be. My adventure year in numbers:
- 31 kayak missions
- 44 mountains climbed (35 individual peaks)
- 0 snow trips
- 14 Bushwalking adventures
- 62 km in the pool and ocean
- 26 kayak training sessions
- 5 physio visits
- 5 podiatrist visits
- 74 walk training sessions - including stairs / weighted packs
- 56 hours of planking
- 153 weight training sessions
- 3,640km on the bike
- 9 injuries
- 3 bike crashes
- 23 nights under the stars
- 99 minutes of running (9 runs)
- 100 hours of stretching
Now for the big test - I'm off to Tassie in 12 days.
The following gives a snapshot of where things are currently at with my 2018 adventures. I have some big goals for the year ahead and have had to be fairly patient with a number of injuries. My big plan for later this year is to walk around Tasmania. Although I set this page up for my kayak adventures, it is increasingly becoming a training and adventure journal page - covering swimming, climbing, kayaking, mountains, walks, injuries and other general notes as I progress toward November.
My 2018 started on December 10th 2017, as this was the date I first climbed into a kayak by myself after long recoveries from 2 separate injuries. The table below excludes my daily training (weights, stretching etc) and other bits and pieces, but attempts to show the new places that I have been since 2018. I use 3 main categories, rivers (including oceans & bays), mountains and bushwalks. I also do a lot of riding and mostly incorporate this with bushwalks, so do not have a separate column for this.